One of the Democrats’ big 2024 questions is whether President Joe Biden will seek reelection. Biden and his White House claim that he will.
But, according to Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-NY), Biden will not.
Spilling the beans
Maloney just participated in an interview with the New York Times in which she was asked this very question – whether Biden will seek reelection. “Off the record, he’s not running again,” Maloney initially said.
But then, when the Times told her, “not off the record – on the record,” Maloney replied, “on the record? No, he should not run again.”
It is unclear why Maloney has two different responses to the question of whether Biden will seek reelection. It is also unclear whether, perhaps, she has some inside information about Biden’s 2024 intentions. As stated at the outset, Biden’s official public position is that he will seek reelection.
Not the first time
At the beginning of the month, Maloney was asked the same question during her Democratic primary debate.
There, she said, “I don’t believe he’s running for reelection.” But, in a subsequent interview, she attempted to soften that statement by saying that she plans to support Biden for reelection “if he decides to run.”
What Maloney’s varying responses demonstrate is the difficult position that many Democrats across the country have found themselves in, of not really knowing how to answer questions about Biden 2024. The difficulty stems from recent polling that overwhelmingly shows that Democrat voters do not want Biden to run again as well as from many party insiders who have taken the same position.
Given the polling and the reports, it is hard to believe that Biden will seek reelection. But, at the moment, that is his official position. Time will tell if it will become a reality or if Maloney is right that the Democrats will look to someone else.